“Pythagoras brought his doctrines from the eastern sanctuaries, and Plato compiled them into a form more intelligible than the mysterious numerals of the sage – whose doctrines he had fully embraced – to the uninitiated mind. Thus, the Cosmos is “the Son” with Plato, having for his father and mother the Divine Thought and Matter.
“The Egyptians”, says Dunlap, “distinguish between an older and younger Horus, the former the brother of Osiris, the latter the son of Osiris and Isis.”
The first is the idea of the world remaining in the Demiurgic Mind, “born in darkness before the creation of the world.” The second Horus is this “idea” going forth from the Logos, becoming clothed with matter, and assuming and actual existence.
“The mundane God, eternal, boundless, young and old, or winding form”, says the Chaldean Oracles.
This “winding form” is a figure to express the vibratory motion of the Astral Light, with which the ancient priests were perfectly well acquainted, though they may have differed in views of ether, with modern scientists; for in the Aether they placed the Eternal Idea pervading the Universe, or the Will which becomes Force, and creates or organizes matter.
“The will”, says Van Helmont, “is the first of all powers. For through the will of the Creator all things were made and put in motion…The will is the property of all spiritual beings, and displays itself in them more actively the more they are freed from matter.
And Paracelsus, “the divine”, as he was called, adds in the same strain: “Faith must confirm the imagination, for faith establishes the will…Determined will is a beginning of all magical operations….Because men do not perfectly imagine and believe the result, is that the arts are uncertain, while they might be perfectly certain.””
H. P. Blavatsky